Keep it clean!

In this Lesson we are looking at domestic cleaning and standards that need to meet.

All Health care premises should have a high standard of domestic cleaning and there should be an in-house monitoring system in place to ensure that cleaning is adequate and that high standards are maintained:

Organisation Is a way of life

The Colours


Bathrooms, Washrooms, showers, toilets, basins, and bathroom floors


General Areas including wards, departments, offices, and basins in public areas


Catering departments, ward kitchens areas and patient food service at ward level


Isolation Areas, clinical.
  • Mopping: Mop heads should be detachable and laundered, preferably daily and stored dry. Mop buckets should be emptied, washed, and dried after each use.
  • Floors: Where possible (to avoid contamination by dust) all floors, whether carpeted or not, should be cleaned with vacuum cleaner that contains a filter. Hard Floors surfaces should be mopped daily with hot water and detergent and hard floors should not be polished as these may then become hazard to people using the service.
  • Carpets: Vacuum daily. There should be a schedule for cleaning carpets (at least 6 monthly) and the type of carpet chosen to enable it to be more regularly cleaned.
  • Dusting- furniture should be damp dusted weekly using K type clothes as dry dusting just pushes around the dust.
  • Sinks and Baths – These should be cleaned after every use.
  • Shower – Descale the shower head periodically. 
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